Giveaway and Review: "Mini Myths: Be Patient, Pandora!"

"Mini Myths: Be Patient, Pandora!"
by Joan Holub, Illus. by Leslie Patricelli

Publisher: Abrams Appleseed
Release Date: Sep 16, 2014
Source: sent by author

My Rating: 5 of 5 Stars

Summary from
Ages 1-4, board book. First in series.

When Pandora is warned by her mother not to open a box, her spirited curiosity trumps her obedience. Pandora harmlessly touches the box, innocently leans on the box, and eventually, albeit accidentally, bursts the box open! The cupcakes that were hidden inside are ruined, except for one last vestige, which Pandora presents in the hope that her mother still loves her. Leslie Patricelli’s depictions of this physical comedy bring a lively narrative to Joan Holub’s carefully crafted text. Includes a summary of the original Pandora’s Box myth at the end.
My Review:

What an adorable board book for little ones! The story is based on the Greek myth of Pandora, here little Pandora just can't stand not opening a tempting box even though her mother has told her not to. The beginning is so cute, when she tells the reader that she isn't 'opening' the box, she's just leaning or sitting on it. I can just see little readers (listeners) in this age group doing the exact same thing and testing their limits. The moral of the story is great for kids, that parents will love them unconditionally, even if they make a mistake.

The illustrations are so fun and colorful. Little Pandora  is so expressive. The book itself is a great size, not too big, and not too small for little hands to flip through the pages. I love that the story is based on a classic myth, so children can learn about the classics, and hopefully spark more interest in these stories later on.

Bottom Line: This is such a sweet, fun, and colorful book for toddlers. I think they will identify with Pandora and learn from her as well.

The author has generously provided an AUTOGRAPHED copy of this book for TWO lucky readers of my blog (one book each for two winners).
All you have to do is fill out the Rafflecopter form below.
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  • Ends Oct 7
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While you're here, check out my giveaway for the second book in this series, "Play Nice, Hercules!"

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.


  1. This is so cute. I'd love it for my niece. :)

  2. I am just dying to check these books out. We are having a lot of trouble with both patience and playing nice right now. I kind of feel an urgent need for these.

  3. It is interesting how the author has re-styled these various myths for introduction to younger audiences.

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  4. I love how they are illustrated

  5. Thank you to both you and the author for this giveaway opportunity. I would love to win this for a young couple's new baby girl Mariah.

  6. This just looks so adorable! I love myths and I love that there's a kid friendly book with adorable illustrations!

  7. Patience can be a hard thing for children to learn. Sounds like a very helpful book.

  8. This looks like a really cute book (CoreyOlomon at gmail dot com)

  9. The book looks so cute!! I love the fact that it teaches a lesson as well. Interesting choice of story (Pandora). kristiedonelson(at)gmail(dot)com Thank you.

  10. This looks like a cute book. I have little ones ages 3 and 1 so this is perfect for them.

  11. this is a book to help teach patience

  12. This would help teach my daughter patience and is a cute book.

  13. I love the lesson it teaches. My little girl would love this book

  14. I lkie the lesson in this book. It would be perfect for my grandson.

  15. This book looks really cute. I think the 4 year old would "lean" on the box too!

  16. Sounds like a great book for little ones. My 6 year old could probably read it to my 2 year old.

  17. Another fantastic little book! I want to collect them all. The art is cute and the simple story is great for toddlers and has a lesson worth learning at an early age.

  18. As a former elementary school teacher, I love books that have wonderful messages like these. I have an 18 month old and would love to add these to her collection!

  19. My niece could use this book- just got a new lil brother. lol


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